Optus to solve blackspot issues with new mobile sites
Optus customers in some regional parts of the country are set for a signal boost, with the telco committing to fix a dozen mobile blackspots in areas that receive poor coverage.
As part of the Australian Government Mobile Black Spot Program, Optus has secured funding to build 12 new mobile sites designated as a ‘priority’ under the program.
The 12 sites are located across New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania. The fix is reported to cost $7.8 million in total, with $5.5 million in Federal funding and the rest from Optus.
Optus VP of Regulatory and Public Affairs, Andrew Sheridan, claimed this is just part of the telco’s wider plan to build out its coverage.
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Better coverage for two mobile phone 'black spots'
Two priority mobile black spot locations in Mackay have been identified under the Federal Government's nation-wide Mobile Black Spot Program.
The two 'Black Spot' areas in Mackay will be addressed in the 'Priority Round' of the nationwide $220million roll-out of new telecommunications infrastructure to be provided by mobile phone services Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone.
$60million has been dedicated specifically to infrastructure in priority areas.
"Two priority mobile black spot areas identified late last year were Mt Ossa and Yalboroo, both along the Bruce Highway between Mackay and Proserpine,” Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen has announced.
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Over 650 sites for the Mobile Black Spot Program
We’re delivering new mobile coverage to regional Australia with 89 new priority sites, bringing our total commitment under the Mobile Black Spot Program to over 650 sites.
Today, I’m proud to announce we’re boosting the number of base stations we’re building under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP), as Telstra has won an additional 89 sites in the Priority Round. 84 of these sites will be delivered through mobile base stations, and five will be delivered through our 4G small cell technology. This represents a total Telstra investment of $260 million, more than double the commitment of all the other carriers combined, to bring new coverage to regional and rural communities.
We are already past the halfway mark of our commitment to delivering more than 650 sites. Hundreds of regional and remote communities previously without coverage are now benefiting from, or will get the benefit of, our state-of-the-art mobile coverage.
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End Of March Update
Vodafone in its attempt to not be left behind reported a stunning fortnight with 44 new sites as well as 84 upgraded sites. The new sites were mostly located on the east coast with NSW receiving the bulk with 18 followed by QLD with 9. These new sites were almost exclusively focused in metro areas. Upgrades were also focused in metro areas and consisted mostly of NB-IOT 900Mhz but 4G850, 4G1800 and 4G2100 were also in the mix. This gets Vodafone off to a good start to the year deploying more new towers than both Telstra and even Optus year to date.
Telstra managed 15 new sites as well as 46 site upgrades. New sites were a mix of rural and metro areas with a few remote small cell sites deployed also. Upgrades were mostly focused on the east coast with 4G2600 being the main focus most likely to handle congestion, but some 4G700 is still being deployed.
Optus is off to a slower start for the year compared with their stunning deployment rates of last year. This fortnight Optus managed 14 new sites and 55 site upgrades. Over Easter this writer was camping in an extremely marginal area (15km+ to towers and in dense trees) with Telstra 3G coverage although present, completely unusable. Optus on the other hand with a brand-new tower in the area gave me 0-1 bars and was very usable although did drop out at peak times, at other times however 20mb/s down and 3mb/s up was achievable and WiFi calling worked like a charm. This has been a consistent theme this writer has been experiencing of late, Optus is fast becoming a great option for rural areas.
TPG appears to be ramping up also with another 40 proposals 13 around Sydney’s CBD, and 27 located both north and south of Melbourne’s CBD.
NBN also activated 15 new sites around the country, with 2 site upgrades, and 6 new site proposals also reported.
The low band 700mhz 4G gap between Optus and Telstra has decreased by 31 sites as Telstra finally appears to be making headway into Optus' lead. Optus is still ahead of Telstra in 4G700 by 850 sites.
McKenzie reveals funds for regional mobile black-spot priorities
REGIONAL Communications Minister and Nationals deputy-leader Bridget McKenzie has unveiled the latest round of the Mobile Black Spot Program with 125 priority projects identified to enhance mobile coverage across Australia.
Senator McKenzie will reveal the Coalition’s latest progress on an election commitment to address mobile coverage across regional Australia, with an announcement in Queensland today in the Bowman electorate of LPN MP Andrew Laming
It will show 125 identified priority black spot locations that will receive improved mobile coverage.
Senator McKenzie said Optus, Telstra and Vodafone would receive $45.6 million in Commonwealth funding to build 102 new base stations under the priority locations round of the program.
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Senators Bridget McKenzie and Arthur Sinodinos announce new Paterson mobile phone tower
A phone reception black spot in and around Fullerton Cove, north of Newcastle, will be fixed by the construction of a new mobile phone tower in the federal seat of Paterson.
Senators Bridget McKenzie and Arthur Sinodinos announced the the tower would be built in the prioirty locations round of the federal government’s $220 million mobile black spot program.
Optus, Telstra and Vodafone will build 102 new base stations around Australia under the priority location round, senators McKenzie and Sinodinos said. In addition, the carriers have commercial plans for new base stations that will further address mobile black spot issues in many of the identified locations.
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Seaham residents lock horns with Optus over mobile station plans
Seaham residents are battling with telecommunication giant Optus about the proposed location for a mobile station and tower.
Optus has put forward plans to install 42-metre ‘monopole’ and a new mobile base station close to homes off Warren Road, a site residents say is not suitable and have countered with a new location – Brandy Hill Quarry.
“People move to areas like Seaham to enjoy a more rural lifestyle and we certainly don’t think a 42m tower is in keeping with that,” resident Renae Morgan said.
“Brandy Hill Quarry was put forward as an alternative site and this is away from homes and out of sight.”
Optus failed to answer the Examiner’s question to confirm that it is investigating Brandy Hill Quarry as an alternative site for the phone tower, instead stating that it is “committed to consulting with the local community throughout this process”.
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Is our great mobile rip-off about to end?
LIKE a lot of Australians, I find myself paying a lot more for my mobile service these days. What was once a simple $30 a month has bubbled upwards and upwards. Now it’s frighteningly close to three figures a month. I get a lot of value from it — don’t get me wrong — but I sure wouldn’t mind if my bill fell.
Luckily for us, it seems that might happen. New competition is coming that could blast the big incumbents out of their complacency and force a major round of price cuts. The Australian-owned internet provider TPG is making a huge push to take on the massive players of the industry.
Mobile phone service can be a lucrative game, as the following graph shows. The margins Telstra collected on its mobile business were around 40 per cent in the first half of this financial year, and they used to be even higher. That means if you paid $100 for your mobile service, $60 was the direct cost of supplying it.
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Tower in Little Hartley to provide NBN to Kanimbla
Council has approved the installation of a 45 metre tall tower in Little Hartley, which NBN Co says will provide broadband internet to the Kanimbla Valley, Little Hartley, Hartley Vale and South Bowenfels.
Debate surrounding the 16-storey ‘monopole’ dominated the council meeting on March 26.
A decision on the tower was brought forward after a representative of NBN Co and opposing land-owners spoke from the public gallery at the opening of the meeting.
NBN’s Jacqueline Compton said that if approved the tower would provide internet services to residents who currently have “some of the poorest broadband in the country” by the end of the year.
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MP David Littleproud seeks to protect bush communication
MANY couldn’t imagine life without a mobile phone but, out here, where a mobile connection isn’t always reliable, Maranoa MP David Littleproud has vowed to protect this vital method of bush communications.
“I want to assure Maranoa communities their voice will be heard as I made a submission to make sure our most basic right to a fixed-line phone service will be protected,” Mr Littleproud said.
“Australia's Universal Service Obligation (USO) guarantees access to a fixed copper line telephone service with almost $300 million provided to Telstra each year for landlines, including $44 million for payphone services. In regions with no mobile phone coverage, landline connections must be protected.”
In an agreement between the Federal Government and Telstra, the USO mandates every Australian must have access to a telephone service but last year, the Productivity Commission’s report said the $300-million-a-year USO contract was “anachronistic and costly”.
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